In the wake of last night’s Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), several media outlets have follow-ups from a Q&A with Julie Plec. You should assume that these are all very spoilery for the episode, so don’t click through if you haven’t seen it yet! To whet your appetite, here are a few of the less spoilery tidbits.
Over at TV Guide, Julie answers a few big questions, like whether everyone actually took part in a certain toast and when Tyler might return. And on Damon’s actions at the end of the episode:
“The thing with Damon we’ve seen is that when he’s hurt, he lashes out. In a way, this is both the most cruel way he could’ve lashed out, but also shows a peculiar evolution in him as a character because rather than take it out on an innocent human in the middle of the road, he’s striking where it hurts the most.”
At E!Online, Julie hints at another requirement for a certain spell:
“Next episode, it takes place on a full moon. We’ll learn that, like most of the big, heavy-duty witch spells, there needs to be some sort of recurring celestial event or some recurring event attached to it.”
E!Online also has a few teasers in their Daily Spoiler Chat.
And at Entertainment Weekly, Julie talks the fun of exploring Klaus’s romantic side:
“For us, it’s fun to explore that side of Klaus — seeing a romantic vulnerability there, because it is giving us a window into him a little bit. We certainly find Klaus to be irresistible on a lot of levels, so it’s going to be interesting to see how that moves forward.”
KSiteTV attended yesterday’s press screening for Dangerous Liaisons (EP314) and has a write-up of the Julie Plec Q&A that took place after the episode viewing. She had some very interesting things to say about Matt, Jeremy, Tyler, Klaus, the triangle, the Originals, the Original Petrova, and the development of a surprising/not-so-surprising connection between two characters.
The whole character of Elijah – and I’ve said this before, but I can’t say it enough – has been such a glorious surprise to us as writers, because it’s really been as much of Daniel Gillies and what he’s brought to the character, that has fed into what we want to give to the character. So of course, when we decided that there needed to be a Big Bad Evil Vampire in the middle of last season, that paved the way to the introduction of Klaus, in a million years, never would we have said ‘Oh! And then one day he’ll have this magnificent and lovely friendship with Elena!’ You know? And yet, that has evolved over the course of a season and a half worth of stuff for Elijah and for Daniel. So we kind of like to watch it as it happens, more than we even like to lay the map for them, because they bring so much to it. And then we are able to play with that a little bit. Next week definitely is very much rooted in the foundation of this compassion that Elena has for Elijah.
Entertainment Weekly was also at the screening and Julie Plec underscores that there are no mortal (or immortal) certainties in Mystic Falls:
“I don’t know that you can be that certain about the fate of anybody,” she said. “Many of our characters are going to come face to face with their maker before the season is over. The question of whether they meet, shake hands, and get dragged away with the maker is another question. There’s going to be a lot of moments where we’re not really sure who is really safe and who is going to see it through.”
And The Futon Critic has more from the TVD cast, including Candice Accola, who points out the quirks of working on a show with such a large cast:
Joking aside, the actress said that the large number of characters on the show makes moments when they finally come together really pop. “It is an odd thing with these wonderful, wonderful characters developed throughout the show and the series but because there are so many of us on set at once… even Caroline and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) have never been in a scene together, ever! There’s all these different characters whose paths don’t cross… “
AfterElton.com did a set visit recently, and spoke with Ian Somerhalder, Zach Roerig and Joseph Morgan about all things TVD.
In this article, the actors talk about their respective characters, shooting on location and the effects of their hectic schedules. Joseph Morgan touches on an issue of interest to many: whether or not Klaus is softening up.
“I think we are transitioning to making him a little more sympathetic,” Morgan observed. “We’re starting to learn the motives behind why he does what he does. But I think just like in life everything isn’t always polarized. He’s not good or bad. He’s layered. So, the more we learn about him the more maybe we’ll empathize or sympathize with him, but he’s always going to have done the things he’s done…I personally hope that he doesn’t just suddenly miraculously become good. I feel like there should be a chance of redemption for everyone, but he’s still going to carry that stuff with him.”
There’s another trio of actors that has everyone talking today…we’re all still reeling from the red-hot Vampire Diaries covers on Entertainment Weekly this week. Looks like EW isn’t done sharing goodies, but you may want to set the shower to its coldest setting before you check out this behind the scenes video from the photo shoot. Just remember, you’ll need to ‘like’ the page in order to view the video!
Who’s ready for Matt Donovan to step up? We are! We are! So is Zach Roerig, who spoke a bit about Matt’s state of mind in this interview with TV Fanatic.
“His friends are starting to see that they can lean on him when they’re feeling low,” Zach Roerig just told me over the phone. “And Matt is starting to realize none of them should have to live this way. He’s kind of sick of all this sh-it.”
Zach goes on to talk about his role as the lone human among the Mystic Falls teenagers, and how his character is evolving, thinking smarter and becoming more serious about being there for his friends…even in risky situations. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW AT TV FANATIC.
What, you want more Matt news? We can do that! Zach Roerig also spoke with Zap2it, and reveals that Matt Donovan may have more skills than we previously considered.
“Matt Donovan is a jack of many trades!” he laughs. “Do you know how many books Matt reads? What else is he doing with his time? The only reason Matt is so polite – he’s never had a father figure, no one to lead by example – so the way I see it, Matt obviously has read Emily Post’s Guide to Etiquette. He hangs out in the break room at the Grill and teaches himself to dance. Clearly.”
Team Matt, are you still with us? Take some deep breaths and then READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW AT ZAP2IT. Just remember, it’s been a pretty amazing day for Vampire Diaries fans, so pace yourselves, okay?
If you STILL need a little more to get you through until tomorrow night, Entertainment Weekly has a special video edition of their Spoiler Room feature. It includes a section with Nina Dobrev talking about tomorrow night’s episode, Dangerous Liaisons (EP314). WATCH THE SPOILER ROOM VIDEO HERE AT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
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UPDATE #3: Thanks to EW for passing along a bigger version of the cover! View in Gallery.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed @epnebelle in NYC, we have our first look at Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder on the cover of the February 17th edition of Entertainment Weekly. And yes, it is absolutely real. Details are scant as of right now, but we expect EW will have more soon now that the cat’s out of the bag, including a nice clean version of the cover. The cover implies there will be three different versions available (we’re speculating possibly one of the three, one of Nina and Ian and one of Paul and Nina, but that’s just speculation) and should be hitting newsstands any day now. Watch this space for more details as we get them!
UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly has posted ALL THREE special covers – and holy crap, y’all. As we speculated, the other two covers are Ian/Nina and Nina/Paul. They’ve also posted a teaser of the feature article.
This week’s EW cover story also features interviews with Vampire‘s stars — Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley — who talk about keeping the love triangle red-hot, where they fall in the Stelena-Delena shipper wars, and all rumors swirling around their real-life relationships.
HUGE congrats to the cast/crew of Vampire Diaries!
Entertainment Weekly is in Atlanta on the Vampire Diaries set, and they’re getting all sorts of good scoop from the cast. (Warning: Lots of spoilers through The Ties That Bind (EP312)!) Joseph Morgan says, of the dinner party Klaus will throw in Bringing Out the Dead (EP313):
“This is going to be interesting because there’s all of that feeling, all of that tension from all of the fights and manipulation and history that’s been going on between these guys sitting around the dinner table. It’s like a game of poker.”
Intriguing! And they have a great video with Candice Accola in which she discusses Caroline’s reactions to recent events – including her new potential love interest and a “being” that is “creating a lot more turmoil than any viewer might think.” Plus: Ian Somerhalder on Damon’s odds of getting Elena – and who might have a better chance.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Vampire Diaries guest star Torrey DeVitto to talk about the mysterious Dr. Meredith Fell – her motives, her past, and her upcoming interactions with Alaric and Damon. She also gives her perspective on the evolution of Stefan’s character, the expectations of book fans and the book adaptation she would be nervous to see on-screen.
Getting back to Meredith, is there anything you’d like to see her get to do during her time in Mystic Falls?
I just keep going episode by episode because I have no idea where exactly they’re taking her, what’s gonna happen to her, what’s gonna happen next. I just keep riding the ride. Obviously for the sake of Alaric, I would like for things to work out for maybe a millisecond at least, so that he’s not so tragic all over the board. I just hope as the character goes on I make the TV fans happy and also the [Vampire Diaries] book fans happy. I know how that goes. I get so obsessed with books, and turning them into movies and TV shows, you get so stuck on these characters. I know there’s a lot of book fans that love Meredith, and I know she’s a little different on the show, so I just hope I do the book fans justice.
A select number of media outlets were invited to a round table interview with Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino today and he had some very interesting things to say about recent developments between Tyler and Caroline and…someone else, the lengths Tyler is willing to go to set things right in tomorrow night’s episode, and even who he’d like to see Tyler hook up with should he and Caroline be on the outs forever. Read (and watch!) the entire interviews at the below websites, but be cautioned there are spoilers for The New Deal (EP310), Our Town (EP311) and The Ties That Bind (EP312).
“At the end of last week’s episode we find out that as much free will as Tyler thinks he has, that sire bond is really a lot stronger than anybody could have imagined, so much so that he literally bites Caroline. But unwillingly. He’s as shocked as her. He’s like ‘How did I do that? Why did I do that?’ The sire bond is something not to be taken lightly,” Trevino says.
“It’s possible [there is no way to break the sire bond],” Trevino teased. “We don’t know for sure, but we know there are steps we have to do to get to that if you want to try. And it’s not the easiest process, but Tyler’s going to try.”
He’s ready for a fight with Klaus if it comes down to it. “I would like a showdown. I know Julie [Plec] would write something epic. It’d be really good. Plus, just for me, with any kind of showdown, it’s great to work with a great actor, and Joseph’s pretty solid,” he jokes.
So many things will definitely be changing for Mystic Falls’ number two hybrid, but Trevino assured EW that one essential thing would always remain the same: “Tyler is shirtless [tomorrow night], believe it or not,” he laughed. “Tyler is shirtless.”
The birthday girl is definitely making the rounds! We know Caroline won’t be in a birthday party mood during Our Town (EP311) tonight, but Sandra Gonzalez of Entertainment Weekly talked to Candice Accola about what comes next:
The next few episodes will find Caroline grappling with the reality that “normal” is a thing of the past, teases Accola. Luckily, as per usual, she bounces back quickly. “Caroline doesn’t stay depressed for too long, ever,” she says. “She bounced back pretty quickly from her father torturing her. But Caroline has become a strong young woman in her own right, so I don’t think she would let herself stay down too long. … She definitely doesn’t go all Ripper.”
Candice also gives some hints about a special birthday gift and whether she thinks Caroline will ever go dark.
Hold on tight, fandom! The Vampire Diaries does love an episode where everyone gets to dress up, and there’s another one on the way. Entertainment Weekly has released some stills from the February 9th episode, Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), and we are absolutely intrigued by everybody’s dancing partners.
Want to see who pairs up to dance? HEAD OVER TO ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY TO SEE THE REST!